Kishore Kumar & Rajesh Khanna – An Unbeatable Combination

“ From the silly  “C- A-T Cat, Cat Maane Billi” to the pathos filled “Badi Sooni Sooni Hai” the legendary Kishore Kumar is well known for the versatility of his songs.  Although he sang his first song  “Marne ki duayen kyon mangu” in 1949, Kishore Kumar gained immense popularity only in the late sixties. This

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Onomatopoeia in Hindi Music (Ye Kya Hota Hai???)

“ Webster Definition: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. Obviously in our Hindi Film Songs, we don’t use words like buzz and murmur. But our Hindi songs are replete with Chhan-Chhan, Chham-Chham, Chhun-Chhun, Dhak-Dhak,  Ha-Ha etc…. that would

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Tandem Tunes

“ Remember Mere Mehboob Tujhe, Meri Mohabbat Ki Qasam  (Mere Mehboob) dipped in sheer melody and sung beautifully by Mohd Rafi? Do you also remember the exact same song in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice? This is an example of Tandem Tune where the same song is sung by two different singers – usually one version of the song is sung by the male lead and another one by the

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Guest composers for a Hindi movie

“ There was a time when actors sang their own songs that were mostly composed by them. Then came the clear segregation between singers and music directors. This was followed by Sangeetkaar-jodis … Husanlal-Bhagatram, Shankar-Jaikishan to name a few. In the recent times, there has been a major trend of multiple music directors composing for a single movie – each one

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Rafi : The master of diction

“   The mesmerizing, melodious voice with impeccable tone and timbre.  Pitch perfect control. The playful, soulful caressing of the lyrics. The subtle modulations and variations. Yes, these are qualities that make Rafi’s romantic songs such a wonderful, fulfilling listening experience, and truly we are blessed that he left us with so many. A lot has been said and written about Rafi’s classical music grounding, his versatility and range

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Was 80’s really the worst decade in Hindi Film Music??

“ When I think of the 80’s Hindi Film Music, what comes to my mind is Sridevi-Jeetendra dancing around the ten thousand matkas, music by Bhappi Lahiri, production by Padmalaya, some cheap lyrics and several raucous Kishore-Asha duets. Was that really what our 80’s music was all about? I would say YES – for the

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Scale/Octave change in the middle of the song

“ Scale (music) (Italian scala, ladder), the arrangement, by rising or falling pitch sequence, of the tones used in a musical system. ? ?Ever wondered why a song suddenly started sounding a little “different” suddenly in the midst of it? The tune is the same, the singers are the same … but something surely happened! The “phenomenon”

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Well-Known Songs … Not So Well-Known Composers

“ I suppose it should come as no surprise that not all well-known songs from Hindi Film Music were composed by well-known composers. Composers whose names roll off of every one’s tongues – Shankar Jaikishen, R. D. and S. D. Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and others. But the other day, I built

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R.I.P. Manna Dey (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013)

“ Manna Dey! The name itself conjures up memories of such classics as “Sur Na Saje, Kya Gaoon Main” , “Kaun Aya Mere Man Ke Dware”, “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”, “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli‘ Haaye” and countless others. The last male doyen of his times passed away recently, leaving a big void. Our GP team

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